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AMD Reviews in Boxborough, MA

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  • Potentially good work/life balance if you don't have too many conference calls in off hours (in 113 reviews)

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  • This impacted work/life balance very negatively (in 25 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A frustrating place to work -- poor management decisions and cumbersome processes

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    Current Employee - Senior Member Technical Staff in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Member Technical Staff in Boxborough, MA

    I have been working at AMD full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of good technical people and challenging work.

    Cons

    Ongoing management churn with poor decisions, missed schedules, and frequent roadmap revisions. Software release processes are convoluted and failing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hire and Fire mindset

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA

    I worked at AMD full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some very talented and intelligent engineers that were great to work with

    Cons

    Management completely screwed up with constant thrashing of projects and no clear direction that they are taking the company, if they continue this way they will not survive.
    Hire and fire mindset, fire employees to make the financials look good then months later hiring again. Very shady, I know of a woman that was on maternity leave and was laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with a concrete plan/direction and stick to it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Mediocre employer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boxborough, MA

    I have been working at AMD full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ability to work from home, friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Management is poor, pay is average but bonuses are lousy (if they ever occur). The company has been in a tailspin which has accelerated in the last year. There is much dissatisfaction and concern among coworkers about the company's viablility. Also poor recognition of effort regarding promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Optimism ran high in the company a year ago but has since evaporated. Share with the employees why current plan to turn the company around are expected to work when so many other plans have failed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Pretty good so far

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer II in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer II in Boxborough, MA

    I have been working at AMD full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good and challenging work. feels good to be working for a company which is regarded as an underdog

    Cons

    ever changing roadmaps and fickle management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create a roadmap of your own instead of following the market all the time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Interesting and challenging projects

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Boxborough, MA

    I have been working at AMD full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart and competent colleagues. Interesting and challenging projects. Open atmosphere with lots of opportunities to make an impact. Abundant compute and license resources for most jobs. Reasonable work/life balance with flexible hours. Good telecommuting infrastructure.

    Cons

    The company has been struggling financially the last few years. Unpleasant actions such as layoff rounds, salary cuts, and mandatory vacations have occurred at various times. Bonus payouts have been low or non-existent due to poor financial performance. Road map has been unstable with project cancellations as a result.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Size resources to project goals properly to ensure a high chance of success. Avoid constant road map changes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great colleagues!

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Boxborough, MA

    I have been working at AMD full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company has many smart people, fosters a culture of meritocracy within the engineering teams, and supports development of employees.

    Cons

    It's always been tough to ride the endless waves of boom and bust cycles in the ever changing computer industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on innovation leadership, emphasizing more low power design, restoring the server business and investing in staffing for long term strength.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive.

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    Former Employee - Smts in Boxborough, MA
    Former Employee - Smts in Boxborough, MA

    I worked at AMD

    Pros

    Interesting work, smart people, free coffee.

    Cons

    Sometimes a bit of a scramble figuring out what products to make.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change too many things at once, the grunts can't keep up.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    welcome to the inside of the box, here are your politics

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Design Engineer in Boxborough, MA

    I have been working at AMD

    Pros

    The paycheck is good.

    Different teams are open and honest in their communication with each other; it is less "silo"-ed than some places.

    Cons

    It's the first job I didn't love. It's the first job I needed to work weekends just to stay afloat.

    AMD puts each employee in a little box. Once they find out you can do something, you get to keep doing that one thing forever. You may be promoted and get a raise, but your actual role will not change. Professional development? They've heard of it...

    Management is variable. Some of the management usually makes decent decisions. Some efforts that should have been achievable, instead have been derailed by unproductive political battles. So it can be a free for all. Where's the adult supervision? It's a good place if you are a politician.

    The company nearly went broke during the 2008-2009 recession.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cease operations and free the wage slaves? Who knows what can save this co. from its 1990s business model, internal politics, and competitors who are stronger on the high end and nimbler on the low end?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place, tough times

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boxborough, MA

    I have been working at AMD

    Pros

    AMD is a good place to work. There are very few walls between departments. People are generally supportive.. especially once you have that face to face meeting.

    Cons

    Sometime, it is hard to change from doing things the old way. But generally, people can be convinced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Becareful not to focus so much on the old PC market that we get left behind.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting technical work, but compensation is not competitive.

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Software Engineer in Boxborough, MA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff Software Engineer in Boxborough, MA

    I have been working at AMD

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging work at the forefront of the CPU and GPU markets. Lots of opportunities to learn about the latest technologies.

    Cons

    Rough economy and poor execution on the CPU side of the business has prevented the company from providing proper compensation and benefits to retain important staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to see that compensation and benefits are improved to prevent losing even more engineering staff to our competitors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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